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Oliveo long shorts, Shein shirt, statement belt, floral print neckerchief, Longchamp Cuire pliage, Jord wood watch (all own), bomber jacket c/o Shein, and Musse & Cloud wood sandals c/o Coolway
  1. How I Wear my Shorts over 50
  2. In my closet shorts are winter items
  3. Alaskans Wear Shorts Year  Round
  4. Shorts California Casual Style
  5. Ageless Style Linkup

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How I wear my shorts over 50

Most people associate shorts with summer heat, sunshine, fun, play, weekend, and vacation. Well, so did I when I was in my 10s, and 20s. These events were the only occasions I wore them back then. In my 30 and 40s, I rarely wore shorts. In Germany, I lived in a city. There you just don’t wear them when you live in the middle of down town more or less just around the corner of the symphony and theater. After coming to Alaska, I stopped considering shorts being a summer item. Sorry, but I don’t like to be lunch, afternoon snack, appetizer or dinner for the millions of mosquitoes in the Interior. You can wear them for gardening or just sitting in your yard. 😉

fashion blogger over 40 in leather shorts with shirt
Oliveo leather shorts, Shein patched button down shirt, statement belt, neckerchief, Longchamp bag (all own), bomber jacket c/o Shein, and Musse & Cloud wood sandals c/o Coolway

In my closet shorts are winter items

Ever since the short suits came up in the zero years, I think of shorts as a winter, work appropriate item. At work, I don’t have much opportunity to wear suits – scientists in physics based fields rarely dress up for conferences and if they do they wear old-fashioned suits. Therefore, I invested in a pair of dress shorts made of leather, i.e. in a signature style piece.

fashion over 50 woman in shorts and shirt

style over 50 woman in California Casual look
Outfit details: California Casual style with Oliveo leather shorts, Shein patched shirt, neckerchief, Jord bamboo wood watch, Longchamp bag (all own), bomber jacket c/o Shein, and Musse & Cloud wood sandals c/o Coolway

How I wear my shorts over 50

I wear my shorts when the tourists are in town to not look like a tourist. Now you probably have three questions: What do the tourists wear? And what about my fear of mosquitoes? Why would I have to try not to look like a tourist in my own hometown?

mature fashion woman in California Casual
Oliveo long shorts, Shein shirt, statement belt, floral print neckerchief, Longchamp Cuire pliage, Jord wood watch (all own), bomber jacket c/o Shein, and Musse & Cloud wood sandals c/o Coolway

Alaskans wear shorts year round

In Alaska, many young European work as waiter or waitresses over the summer. Thus, they don’t know the locals. However, they quickly learn that the locals dress much lighter than the tourists. Wearing shorts for the summer heat of Interior Alaska helps to avoid to have to answer the question “Where do you come from?” Another thing is ordering without waiting for them to bring the menu. When they have just arrived they don’t know what’s on there. When they know you are local, they just write it immediately down without first checking.

Alaskan tourists wear long pants and long sleeve shirts or jackets. No, it’s not about their fear of mosquitoes. It’s about their fear that it is cold in Alaska. It is rarely cold when there is daylight. There are barely any mosquitoes on the dinning decks on the river. There are no places for the mosquitoes to hide. Thus, they aren’t there. Therefore, I can wear my “winter shorts” as shown below. The following outfit inspirations feature the Oliveo custom-made just above the knee leather shorts ….

street style woman with leather shorts
Irish cable knit sweater, Oliveo custom-made leather shorts, GNW tights Double H lace-up booties, and Alaska lamp trade beads and silver carving necklace (all own)


influencer in oversize cable-knit sweater, leather shorts, tights, belt booties and shirt
Oliveo button  down plaid shirt, Oliveo Bermunda leather shorts, GNW tights, Double H lace-up booties, Kieselstein Colrd belt and buckle. You can find another styling idea with this cable knit sweater at the link.


Shorts California Casual Style

For the summer look, I went for a California Casual inspired look. When styling leather shorts I like to go with a trendy top like this button down patched shirt. To finish the look I added a big buckle statement belt, long dangling earrings, wood plateau sandals, a big cuff and a bamboo wood watch. Since the sky looked like a mesoscale convective systems was building over the Tanana Flats, I took a jacket with me when running errands. Just in case that the cool gust fronts of the thunderstorm system would make me feel cool. I added my yellow pliage to pick up the yellow in the patches of the shirt and the printed abstract flowers of the neckerchief.

Shorts in fashion over 40 – yay or nay?

What do you think? Do you like shorts? Do you wear them? Or do you find the look nice, but think it’s for millennials, not for fashion over 40?

Ageless Style Linkup

Welcome to the Ageless Style Linkup party. Let’s see your ageless style outfits wearing pastels.

Ageless Style Linkup 1 Theme 10 Women


Please visit some of the linked up blogs and spread the word about the party for more Ageless style inspirations. Please follow us on at least one of our platforms each. Thank you.

Ana ~ Mrs. American Made blog

Daenel ~ Living outside the stacks blog

Debbie ~ Fashion Fairy Dust

Diane ~ Fashion on the 4th floor blog

Jennie ~ A Pocketful of Polka Dots

Jill ~ Doused in Pink blog

Paula ~ Dimples on my What blog

Shelly ~ The Queen in Between blog

Yvonne ~ Funky Forty blog


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